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Thread: One lonely Tautog (The Inner Wall at CHSP, DE Apr 2, 2017)

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    Default One lonely Tautog (The Inner Wall at CHSP, DE Apr 2, 2017)

    Someone has to fish first for the year at the Inner Wall.

    I fished the Inner Wall off CHSP (Cape Henlopen State Park), DE for tautog. It was the first trip to DE this year. I didn’t expect much action because the water temp just came up to 46 F for 2 days.

    The NW wind at 10 knots wasn’t good for the Inner Wall fishing at all. Though the wind was supposed to subside in the afternoon.
    It was hard to fish due to the waves. I lost 6 rigs - it wasn't that bad considering the waves.

    I had only 4 bites all day. One bite wasn’t a tautog bite. I missed 2 tautog bites, then I landed a 14” tautog.
    The wind stopped blowing, and the water was dead calm when I had to stop fishing.

    I think the next weekend will be good for togging as long as the weather permits.

    Fishing Log:


    Thanks
    Joe
    Last edited by ComeOnFish; 04-03-2017 at 09:44 PM.
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    thanks for the report! you go hard... I would of turnaround after one hour...

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    Thanks for the report Joe, I had been wondering about the inner wall

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    Quote Originally Posted by chimo View Post
    Thanks for the report Joe, I had been wondering about the inner wall
    I hoped for a few early keeper togs (Because the water was warmer than usual in the mid-March this year). Because I had a hard time to locate a crack and stay in the crack for 7 hours, 4 bites for the whole day is misleading. I think there were more togs, but I couldn't locate them. one bite seemed like a toad fish bite. Toad fish appear after the togs in the spring. Depending on the current weather trend, Togs will bite in two weeks for sure.

    Joe
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    Thanks for the report Joe. That water looked pretty stained and it's hard to catch Tog in water like that.
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    Thanks, Joe. I'm entertaining the idea of trying to get out Sunday morning early for tog in OC. Water should warm rest of the week and be real good by next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shady View Post
    Thanks for the report Joe. That water looked pretty stained and it's hard to catch Tog in water like that.
    The water was very stained. Clearer water came in during the incoming tide. But it went around the inner wall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slobber Bob View Post
    Thanks, Joe. I'm entertaining the idea of trying to get out Sunday morning early for tog in OC. Water should warm rest of the week and be real good by next week.
    Yes. I think togs will bite this coming weekend. The water temp will continuously rise.

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    I think I am going to try the inner wall this Sunday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike o View Post
    I think I am going to try the inner wall this Sunday.
    I think you will get keepers base on the current water temp and trend. The upper bay water is warmer than the ocean water (48 F)

    Sunday 04/09/17 Tide:
    • High: 10:15 AM
    • Low: 02:15 PM
    • High: 08:15 PM



    Water Temp Today 04/06/17 at 5:00 AM
    • Inner wall: 49 F
    • Ocean: 48 F
    • Upper DE Bay: 50 F


    I left my pool noodle anchor float because the anchor was stuck whin 10 minutes of fishing. I forgot about the float when I fished the other spots. During the low tide you will see two rocks west of the float. The cracks/holes around the rocks are one of my good spots. I brought a short anchor line by mistake. So I couldn't fish around the rocks when anchored. I needed a 25' anchor line, not the 12' line.

    Joe
    Last edited by ComeOnFish; 04-06-2017 at 05:24 AM.
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